Svetlana Gurina

Instructor in Music
Svetlana Gurina

"I love what I do and believe that music makes a person smarter, kinder and more resilient.”


B.A. Vitebsk Music College

M.A. The Conservatory of Music, Minsk


Ms. Gurina started violin at the age of 7 at the School of Music in Vitebsk, Belarus. Upon completion of seven years of music school and graduation from the four-year Vitebsk Music College, she won entrance into the Minsk State Conservatory, where she continued her training for another five years with such renowned teachers as Alex Schanin, Lev Gorelik and R. Krively. In addition to the main musical subjects (violin, piano, music theory, music literature, chamber music and pedagogy), Ms. Gurina studied history, foreign languages and philosophy. Upon graduation she went on to work at the musical theater in Irkutsk, and in just two years was invited to the St. Petersburg (Russia) Chamber Opera, where she remained for 10 years. At that time she also became a member of the chamber orchestra Mozarteum, based in Salzburg.

Ms. Gurina moved to the United States in 1996 and joined the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, where she is still active today. She has also played in the Opera North Orchestra, the Handel Society Orchestra of Dartmouth College and the New Hampshire Chamber Orchestra. Prior to her appointment at Exeter, she taught violin both privately and at schools in Vermont.

In her spare time Ms. Gurina likes to be active outdoors, cook and travel the world to experience and learn about different cultures and people.